...holiday disappointment? I love my DH, but he is one of the world's worst gift buyers. Leaving aside the year he forgot my birthday (Yeah, totally forgot it. As in, when he called home during my birthday to ask me to do him a favor, I started crying and asked if he was going to even wish me a happy birthday...oops! Totally forgot it.
) Several years ago, my present was a waffle iron. Admittedly, I mentioned in passing that one of these days, I was going to buy one. For some reason, every other thing I ever mentioned in my life--all my likes, all the books I said I would like to get--faded from his mind and somehow "waffle iron" equated to "Holy Grail" in his mind. Then there was the year I got 3 kitchen tongs. Year before last, he *did* get me a book I said I wanted. Of course, it wasn't the edition I wanted and was missing a huge amount of additional info, but darn it! He found it at a used book store and saved money! :p (And no, I don't mind used books at all. A used copy of what I wanted would have been swell.) This year, if it even crosses his mind to buy me anything, I have a terrifying hunch it'll be cutting boards because I mentioned mine were wearing out.
Every year I bust my rear end to find him things he likes or has mentioned he wants or that tie in with his hobbies and, since his birthday is 2 weeks after Christmas (!), have to come up with enough ideas all in one go to cover both. I've tried talking to him before about gifts, but... It's like his natural impulse to save money, combined with leaving every single thing until the last possible moment ("But honey! I tried to buy you an XYZ, but they were sold out!" Yes, that does tend to happen when you do your shopping the afternoon of the 24th.
), combined with a near total inability to remember what I like (we've only been married 12 years, after all, and lived together 2 years before that--how could he remember what I'm interested in?) leaves me with a crappy birthday/Christmas every year. I used to really love Christmas and my birthday and the anticipation. Now, it's just another day.
Anyone else anticipating a less than stellar holiday? Perhaps we can at least laugh at what we get (or don't get). But I'm putting my money on cutting boards. :p